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Senate Proceeding on May 14th, 2009 :: 0:12:00 to 0:20:05
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John Thune

0:11:41 to 0:12:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: emergency in this country. some of it is caused by drought, like out west, where california has had for three years a very serious drought. but most of absence of farm labor, labor to help plant, prune, harvest, and do all the that are necessary.

Dianne Feinstein

0:12:00 to 0:20:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

0:12:03 to 0:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: many of us have listened to farm bureaus throughout this country, talked with farmers who are losing abroad. and i think the time has come to do something about it. so today with 17 cosponsors, i

Dianne Feinstein

0:12:24 to 0:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: am worker program, known as agjobs. this bill is cosponsored senators leahy, schumer, kennedy, kohl, boxer, dodd, lieberman, bingaman, feingold, murray, kerry, bill nelson,

Dianne Feinstein

0:12:45 to 0:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: kaufman, casey, cantwell, and levin. it would provide farmers with a stable legal workforce they deserve by h-2a seasonal working program

Dianne Feinstein

0:13:06 to 0:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: for law-abiding immigrants already employed or have been employed on american farms. this bill is supported by more than 200 agricultural coalition and immigration reform groups throughout the nation. and i would ask dirtly following senator schumer's statement that a listing of

Dianne Feinstein

0:13:28 to 0:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: made in the "congressional record." the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. feinstein: since i last came to the floor to talk about a solution to this crisis, the cris has only grown. the bill is necessary, and i believe congress must act now, to se america agriculture industry. today across the united states, there are not enough

Dianne Feinstein

0:13:50 to 0:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: agricultural workers to do the pruning, picking, packing and harvesting of our country's crops. and so with an inadequate supply of workers, farmers from maine to california, from washington state to georgia have watched their produce rot in fields, have been forced to fallow close

Dianne Feinstein

0:14:15 to 0:14:35( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: to 500,000 acres of land, and billions of dollars are being trained out of result. farmers are downsizing their operations. many are buying or leasing land in mexico. others are going out of business. quite clearly the labor siation facing the american

Dianne Feinstein

0:14:36 to 0:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: farmer is an emergency. so, some ask: why don't american farmers just hire americans to do their work? the unemployment rate is high, people are lookingor jobs. so why don't they hire americans? the fact is they have tried and tried and tried, but there are very few americans who are

Dianne Feinstein

0:15:01 to 0:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: willing to take the job in a hot field, doing backbreaking labor in temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees. and that's just a fact. and the other fact is that immigrant workers are the backbone of america's agricultural industry. a huge industry and a proud

Dianne Feinstein

0:15:22 to 0:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: indury which is now dying due to the lack of steady labor supply. farmers are departing the country in order to stay in business. leaving devastated farm communities behind. in california in the great

Dianne Feinstein

0:15:43 to 0:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: central valley, farmers who once tended america's breadbasket are now standing in bread lines with unemployment rates in their communities that are as -- are as high and top soil from turning into dust now blows up in sand storms and caused

Dianne Feinstein

0:16:06 to 0:16:26( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: periodic shutdown of interstate 5, the state's main north-south mr. president, as a result of congress's inaction between just 2007 and 2008, one year, 1.56 million acres of once rich with crops

Dianne Feinstein

0:16:27 to 0:16:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: dormant. th year. in california alone in the past five years that 1.5 million acres of production have been lost. so american farmers have moved at least 84,155 acres of

Dianne Feinstein

0:16:48 to 0:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: production to mexico. this is what we know of. 84,000 acres of farm now in mexico. and this has resulted in the

Dianne Feinstein

0:17:11 to 0:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: growth of farm labor jobs in cultivate crops that vary in diversity from avocado to greenons to watermelon. this is devastating american agricultures. we need to wake up and understand what is happening. the next one

Dianne Feinstein

0:17:32 to 0:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: united states stands to lose $5.9 billion in agriculture sales to congress does not act to provide a workforce for the american farming community. california has already lost 2006.

Dianne Feinstein

0:17:54 to 0:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and it is estimated that we will lose between 1.7 and 3 -- $1.07 and $3.2 billion in the next year. the california farm industry, the largest in america, was a $40 billion a year it is deteriorating every year. so we are witnessing nothing

Dianne Feinstein

0:18:18 to 0:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: less than the slow vanishment of american agriculture. aaron moli with the vegetable growers association predicts that california's asparagus crops will disappear in the

Dianne Feinstein

0:18:40 to 0:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: imperial valley if their plan for planters an harvesters is not met. colorado farmers estimated that their state's fruit and vegetable industry will disappear completely in the next five to 10 yearsithout some program to workforce.

Dianne Feinstein

0:19:03 to 0:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and as of february of 2008, 35 to 45 new hampshire farm going out of business or being forced to severely cut back operations due to labor shortages. this reduction in farm production would result in an estimated loss of 22,000 acres

Dianne Feinstein

0:19:24 to 0:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: of farm land and 58 million of agriculture production for just new hampshire alone. in addition, over 600 full-time farm jobs and 4,800 jobs in agriculture-related businesses could be in jeopardy. and, madam president, i hear this from your apple growers in new york and i hear it from the

Dianne Feinstein

0:19:47 to 0:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: dairy industry america. the situation isire from coast to coast. and urgent action is required to halt these trends. so i don't think we can afford to lose our entire agriculture industry. because

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